Microsoft Internal VS Amazon

Microsoft msftbored
Nov 7 12 Comments

Current TC: 230 K, level 63, too bored with work and dont like the product I am working on in one of the azure teams

offer 1: Micrsoft Office Natural language understanding team, compensation and level remains the same.

offer 2: Amazon Rekognition (L5)

160K base,
177 K bonus split over 2 years (102+75)
119 Stock units (5%+15%+20%+20%)
total tc ~271 K
This with a warning that as I am above the 240K limit on L5 compensation range, the compensation will remain fixed till next promotion.

There is another offer from Doordash but I am not considering it anymore.

edit: yoe ~5 years

edit 2: My 5 years of experience is in systems (C++/ASM/debugging). I pursued ML academically. Both the roles are about building service around ML models, and give me good chances of getting deeper into field, therefore better learning is one of my criterions for selecting a team too.

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TOP 12 Comments
  • Microsoft ipv
    40k increment doesn't worth the pain.you will miss 401K match+ ESPP+ medical
    Nov 7 2
    • Amazon SomeName2
      This is very accurate. If you are really passionate about Rekognition then go for it. Otherwise, MS has better WLB and ipv@ forgot mega backdoor Roth. Love to have you at Amazon but it sounds like you have a cool opportunity.
      Nov 7
    • Microsoft msftbored
      OP
      Edited the main post with more details
      Nov 7
  • New / R&D
    VeoQ04

    New R&D

    PRE
    Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd.
    BIO
    Senior iOS developer and tech lead
    VeoQ04more
    240 l5 limit? 😂 I’ve heard of higher even in Seattle , not to mention premium markets
    Nov 7 3
    • Microsoft msftbored
      OP
      Yeah I know, recruiter kept saying that. She kept saying that 160k is base limit and 240 k is the comp limit for L5 in Seattle
      Nov 7
    • New / R&D
      VeoQ04

      New R&D

      PRE
      Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd.
      BIO
      Senior iOS developer and tech lead
      VeoQ04more
      I heard the same shpill but heard of slightly higher base
      That said if it’s Seattle - the stocks and bonus and final number is really high
      It’s a high premium market offer basically.
      And really high / above band for non premium
      Nov 7
    • Amazon fakermayfd
      recruiter is talking about the limit for auto-approval, higher needs to be approved on a case by case basis. great offer btw, gj
      Nov 7
  • Amazon fakermayfd
    does Office have oncall?
    Nov 7 1
    • Microsoft msftbored
      OP
      Since NLU is an AI service, the tickets/issues doesn’t come often with very high priority and urgency, There may be once in a blue moon. The team doesn’t have official on call roster.
      Nov 7
  • Amazon real_bezos
    YoE?
    Nov 7 1
    • Microsoft msftbored
      OP
      Will finish 5.5 in Feb 2020
      Nov 7
  • Microsoft tttk
    Stay with Microsoft!
    Nov 7 0

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